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Rubio Statement on the 35th Anniversary of the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing

Oct 23, 2018 | Press Releases

Miami, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued a statement to mark the 35th anniversary of the Beirut Marine Barracks bombing:
“Our grateful nation today remembers the 241 Americans whom Iran-backed Hizballah terrorists murdered in the Beirut Marine Barracks bombing on October 23, 1983. I join the President, the Congress, and the American people in honoring the ultimate sacrifice that these U.S. servicemembers made 35 years ago.
“As Beirut Marine families continue to seek justice in U.S. courts against those responsible for this heinous attack, I urge the Administration, through the Solicitor General, to tell the U.S. Supreme Court that it opposes the Iranian terrorist regime’s request to overturn a federal appeals court decision preventing $1.7 billion in frozen assets from returning to the Central Bank of Iran.
“Congress recently passed my new bipartisan Hizballah sanctions legislation, which is now headed to the White House to become law.  I will never cease efforts to counter Hizballah terrorists and their sponsors in the Iranian regime who are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans.”
On October 12, 2018, the U.S. Senate passed the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (S. 1595), authored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY).
The bill, which strengthens and expands the scope of economic and financial sanctions imposed by the original Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act (Public Law 104-102), is heading to the President to be signed into law.